Senketsu reminded me a lot of Venom at the beginning of this series, so it’s amusing to see those parallels continuing on, later into the game, when a lot of interest centers on simply mixing-and-matching this evil symbiote’s wearers. It’s probably only a matter of time before somebody wears both super-suits at once (while wielding both scissor blades, natch), is it?
This one episode more-or-less distills the series on the whole, I reckon. We start off with another uncomfortable T&A scene at Raygo's bathhouse. We see boundless creativity unleashed as Satsuki and Ryuko do battle on the high seas, with plenty of quick-change super-moves from the Four Horseman. Mako gets her moment to get at the touchy-feely stuff in her wonderfully histrionic way. And then there’s that artfully, abstractly, absurdist film-with-a-film scene in the faux wedding chapel that shows, once again, how this is like one big rock opera.
However, it’s the moments where Ryuko spouts off vitriolic monologues during her rampage that particular strike me. For one, it’s undeniable cathartic to see twenty episodes of stewing hatred between her and Satsuki finally coming to a bubble. Getting back to what I was saying about this one installment reflecting the whole series, though, I can’t help but see the... nature of her monologues representing some of my complaints about the tone of the series.
See, no matter how passionate and fiery Ryuko’s rhetoric gets, you kind of have to do a double-take as a viewer, because you know she doesn’t really mean anything she’s saying. We know she's going to snap out of it - - even if the words sounds like her true opinion, at times - - so we're just playing along. It’s a smaller case of how the series’ larger philosophical dialogue about clothes, original sin, menstruation, exhibitionism, etc. has been playing out, as far I can see.
We know it’s silly, and that's all well and good. But when the fight goes on - - and the gag just keeps going - - it gets harder and harder to play along. I just can't picture this series tying up on any of its thematic points with any sense of resolution by the end. .
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